Last weekend at the box office, it looked like Jurassic World had secured the top spot for the fourth weekend in a row, with a narrow victory over the animated hit Inside Out. When the actual figures were tallied, the results were flip-flopped, with Inside Out barely beating Jurassic World. This weekend, the race wasn't close at all, with Universal's Minions easily taking the top spot, earning a whopping $115.2 million.
While the critics' reception was mixed on Minions, with a 54% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, that didn't stop audiences from coming out in droves for this animated spinoff of the Despicable Me franchise, which provides an origin story for these delightful yellow characters. The comedy pulled in an impressive $26,784 per-screen average from 4,301 theaters, and its $115.2 million opening weekend is the second highest opening weekend ever for an animated movie, behind 2007's Shrek the Third ($121.6 million). Minions may be the last summer movie to crack $100 million in its opening weekend, but it's possible that Ant-Man (July 17) and Pixels have a shot at cracking that milestone. Minions also gave the powerhouse Universal Pictures yet another box office record, as it became the only studio in history to have three movies open north of $100 million in one year, following Jurassic World and Furious 7.
Jurassic World remained in second place with $18.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $590.6 million and its worldwide gross to $1.4 billion. It currently stands as the fourth-highest domestic gross of all time after just five weeks in theaters, behind Marvel's The Avengers's $623.2 million, and fifth highest worldwide, behind another Universal Pictures hit, Furious 7 with $1.51 million. We'll have to wait and see how much the movie drops in the coming weeks, to see if it will pass any of these milestones. Inside Out dropped to third place with $17.1 million ($283.6 million domestic), with Terminator Genisys falling to fourth place with $13.7 million ($68.7 million domestic).
New Line's thriller The Gallows opened in fifth place with just over $10 million, taking in a meager $3,682 per-screen average from 2,720 theaters, while Magic Mike XXL dropped to sixth place with $9.6 million ($48.3 million domestic). The top 10 was rounded out by Ted 2 with $5.6 million ($71.6 million domestic), new releases Self/less ($5.3 million) and Baahubali: The Beginning ($3.5 million) and Max with $3.4 million ($33.7 million domestic). Opening in limited release were Do I Sound Gay? with $11,000 from 1 theater, Robin Williams' final film Boulevard with $7,000 from 1 theater and Meet Me in Montenegro with $6,000 from 10 theaters
Next weekend features Marvel's Ant-Man squaring off with Universal's comedy Trainwreck. There are also four movies opening in limited release, Irrational Man, The Look of Silence, Mr. Holmes and The Stanford Prison Experiment. All six of these movies have been received very well by critics, but we'll have to wait and see how audiences will respond to these new releases. While we wait for next weekend's numbers, check out this weekend's top 10 below.
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